The Ozzman bunneth.
Are there devices one can use in improving one’s technique?
Work is the only device I know of. Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade, just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself. Even Joyce, our most extreme disregarder, was a superb craftsman; he could write Ulysses because he could write Dubliners. Too many writers seem to consider the writing of short stories as a kind of finger exercise. Well, in such cases, it is certainly only their fingers they are exercising.” —Truman Capote Paris Review Interview (The Art of Fiction, No. 17) (via the-library-and-step-on-it)
Earlier tonight I decided I’d a post a series of links to screenplays featuring female protagonists. They didn’t have to be ‘strong’ or feminist characters, as long as they were interesting and the screenplays avoided being out-and-out misogynistic (of course, I would love to…
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Jazz group in the Spotted Cat club, Frenchmen Street. Photograph: Alamy
Each Tuesday and Thursday this year, the Writers Guild Foundation is pulling one of the WGA’s 101 Greatest Screenplays off its library shelves and posting a few pages. Now, if you live in Los Angeles or you happen to be in LA with a few hours to spare, you can visit the Writers Guild Foundation library and read these screenplays for yourself. For the rest of us, we’ll have to make do with the few pages posted to the Writers Guild Foundation blog twice a week.